Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
She was abducted and raped nine years ago and, though she has been emotional scarred, June stands ready to help other women and girls who have had similar experiences to complete the cycle of healing.
"I want to reach out to other women who have been raped. So more than a year ago, I signed up as a volunteer with the Victim Support Unit and up to now I have not gotten a response," said June, who was outraged when she heard of the five persons who were raped in St James on Monday night.
The mother of two, who was raped by an illegal taxi operator one night in August 2003 while returning from work in St Mary, explained that what helped to lift her from the traumatic experience was the opportunity she got to speak publicly about the incident.
"At first, it was hard for me, but the more I spoke about it, the better I felt as a person. Though there were times when persons made some negative comments in relation to me and the incident. I remember on one occasion, a child jeered my son at school," said June, who asked that her real name not be used.
She believes that victims of such horrifying experiences will need every ounce of support they can possibly get.
"It is not something that you can easily put behind you, but today I am saying to them, use me as an example, I am alive and still recovering. It could have been worse," said June.
She stressed that in challenging times, one has to rely on their inner-strength to stay on top of things.